With Schwartz & Yann’s Le fétiche des Marolles about to start serialization in the Journal de Spirou, here’s yet another post related to it. Did you know that the title started out as a piece of fanart back in 1987?
This comes from a book of imaginary Spirou covers by various artists. If Yann already had the germ of the idea that became next week’s adventure, it must have evolved quite a bit: the 1987 “cover” is set on the Atomium (built 1958) and features the Marsupilami, while the finished story takes place in 1946. However, perhaps that fetish statue could be the original template for the “gorilla robot” monsters seen in the excerpt? There’s something similar in the posture… This theory is more or less confirmed by these studies by Schwartz for his gorilla robots, where the influence is even more obvious: